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Creative Educator Workshop: Project-Based Learning

Friday, Oct. 19, 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Event locations: CCAD and CMA

Price: $40

Keynote speaker: Todd Elkin

Columbus College of Art & Design and Columbus Museum of Art have partnered again to offer a daylong workshop for educators. Open to all teachers, this year the workshop will focus on project-based learning. Registration includes Todd Elkin's keynote presentation, two mini-sessions of your choice, ideas and materials for your classroom, as well as coffee and a light breakfast. All attendees will receive a CEU at the end of the day.

How can project-based learning prepare your students for life? In project-based learning teachers facilitate student exploration of real world problems, questions and challenges that matter. This dynamic approach to education provokes your students to develop essential 21st-century skills and apply content knowledge.

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(scroll down for workshops descriptions)

8:30–9 a.m.  Sign-in and coffee at CCAD (Canzani Center lobby)
9–10:15 a.m.  Keynote address: Todd Elkin

 Mini-workshop one

  1. Applying Design Thinking in the Classroom; A Novel Approach to Education, instructor: Tom Gattis
  2. Make It Work, instructor: Jen Gillette
  3. Identity Formation in the 21st Century, instructor: Jason Blair
  4. Utilizing Recycled Materials in Art, Instructor: Michelle Stitzlein
noon–1:30p.m. Lunch on your own
1:30–3 p.m.

Mini-workshop two

  1. Collaborative Idea Generation, instructors: Cindy Foley and Jessimi Jones
  2. Make It Work, instructor: Jen Gillette
  3. Identity Formation in the 21st Century, instructor: Jason Blair
  4. Utilizing Recycled Materials in Art, instructor: Michelle Stitzlein
 3:15-3:30 p.m. Teachers pick up CEUs at CMA


Todd Elkin is an artist/art educator living in Oakland, CA. He has an extensive visual art background including work as a professional fine-art printmaker and freelance illustrator. Todd received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, his teaching credential from Cal State Hayward and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is currently teaching at Washington High School in Fremont, CA where his specialty is designing and delivering student-driven arts integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum and fostering cultures of reflection. A central tenet of Elkin’s pedagogy is the idea that contemporary artists are proactive, engaged critical actors who give shape to and interact with their worlds via their artistic practice. Promoting visual and media literacy are major goals in his work as well as encouraging students to see themselves as global citizens taking part in conversations about important topics and issues. For the past several years, through Todd’s association with the California College of the Arts Center for Art and Public Life and the Alameda County Office of Education, he has been coaching other teachers, both online through WIDE World, and face to face with the Arts and Humanities Academy at Berkeley High School and Urban Promise Academy in Oakland, where he has focused on helping teachers design interdisciplinary arts-integrated curriculum.


Applying Design Thinking in the Classroom; A Novel Approach to Education
Instructor: Tom Gattis
Design thinking can transform the way you develop ideas, implement strategies and impact learning. Join Tom Gattis, chair of Industrial Design at CCAD, in this quick action-packed workshop. You’ll get a glimpse at the world of industrial (product) design and leave with a set of tools to engage your students on a whole new level of empathy and interaction. Utilizing the design thinking methods can transform your classroom into one that rewards risk-taking engages thoughtful insight and encourages collaboration.

Make It Work
Instructor: Jen Gillette
How can you make a project-based approach work in your classroom? In this workshop learn about a variety of project-based models that can work in early childhood through high school classrooms. These strategies are sure to engage your students and spark their creativity.

Identity Formation in the 21st Century
Instructor: Jason Blair
Incorporate a cross-disciplinary project utilizing 21st-century skills while focusing on identity formation. This workshop will describe collaboration between an art teacher, classroom teachers, and students as they explore the identity formation process. Engage in hands-on activities and learn strategies that you can implement into your classroom.

Utilizing Recycled Materials in Art
Instructor: Michelle Stitzlein
Michelle will present images of work created by artisans in countries such as South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala and India as well her own sculptural work, residency experiences with elementary schools, and projects represented in her books. She will then discuss and demonstrate her process to make freestanding outdoor sculptures with bottle caps. The project exemplifies how everyday "trash" can be diverted from the landfill and collected by students to create beautiful, original works of art.

Collaborative Idea Generation
Instructors: Cindy Foley and Jessimi Jones
Before action can happen in a project-based approach there must be collaboration, exchange, and maybe even debate in order to find an idea or question to pursue. This workshop will focus on the essential first step of ideation. Learn strategies to help you and your students develop ideas that will provoke action.


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